EXCLUSIVE: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Talk Life as a 'Normal Couple' After Reality TV

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Monday night saw Nick Viall's premiere as the new Bachelor -- and former Bachelor Ben Higgins couldn't be happier.
ET's Lauren Zima caught up with Higgins and his fiancée, Lauren Bushnell, at the charity premiere party for Viall's Bachelor season premiere, benefiting SheLift and Globe-athon at Sycamore Tavern, on Monday night, where the aspiring politician revealed that he's ready to take a break from reality TV.
"It's been good. I'm glad that we could share some of our biggest difficulties with Bachelor Nation, but at the same time, it's not always healthy," Higgins shared, speaking of documenting his relationship with Bushnell on The Bachelor and their Freeform reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?
"Some of those things are meant to be private. Some of those things are meant to be just between a couple, kind of working through it together," he elaborated, adding that the two haven't "finalized" a plans for a second season of Happily Ever After? "Some of that stuff as we watched it back, after we had already kind of gotten through it, it was hard! It kind of brought back up emotions. So now that the show is done, we're functioning as a very normal couple."
While Higgins is happy to start living life as a "normal couple," he couldn't be more grateful to The Bachelor for ultimately bringing him and Bushnell together.
"I don't get very emotional about the Bachelor experience because it was very good to me, and I walked away really happy, but I was thinking like, this night, a year ago was such a cool night for me. It really did change the trajectory of [my] life," he said.
"I think Lauren is definitely the biggest reason it changed everything," he added. "You come out of this engaged and we're now over a year engaged and we're making life together. People got to see us fall in love."
Higgins and Bushnell are still in love, and though last season of Happily Ever After? saw the couple put their nuptials on hold, the 28-year-old Denver native and his fiancée say they're ready to start getting back in planning mode.
"It is the new year, and that was when we were kind of like, 'OK! After the holidays, we're going to settle down, we're going to start talking about the wedding,'" Bushnell revealed. "So after this, that's when the conversation starts!"
"Sooner the better!" Higgins added. "I want it by Napa. We're more relaxed and as our heads get clearer, we get more excited about the wedding."
"[We] stayed at a very nice resort in San Diego," Bushnell offered.
"As you can see, we haven't talked about it," Higgins confessed.
But before the two walk down the aisle, they'll be adding to their family -- with a new dog! However, like their wedding venue, they haven't exactly agreed on the breed yet.
"Bullmastiff," Higgins confidently declared on the couple's breed of choice, while Bushnell admitted she's hoping for a Miniature Australian Shepherd.
ET spoke with the couple shortly after they put their wedding on hold in November, where Higgins revealed that they're "happier than ever."
See more on the pair in the video below.