"When I turned 30, Nick and I had just broken up," Vanessa toldDean Unglert Tuesday on his Help! I Suck at Dating podcast. "I was like, 'Oh my God, I want kids. I want a family, I want all that stuff.'"
Vanessa -- who revealed late last month she has a new boyfriend -- apparently grew worried and stressed about her age and the timeline of her life following her high-profile split from Nick.
"You start thinking and calculating and you're like, 'Okay, it's going to take me X amount of time to find someone, and when I do find someone, it'll take me a year to get to know them and I want to have kids,'" she explained.
"And it's like, oh my God, by the time I want to have a family, I'll probably be, like, 35, 36."
Before Vanessa organically became romantically involved with her current Canadian beau, she admitted to Dean that she considered looking for Mr. Right on dating apps and matchmaking websites.
If it meant finding her future husband and children's father, Vanessa was willing to pay almost any price. However, she was not interested in dating multiple men at once.
"If I like you, that means I can see a potential future with you and I want to date you seriously. So I'm not like, 'Let's start off as friends and see [where this can go].' That's the line guys use nowadays!... Don't friend-zone me at first," Vanessa explained.
Dean then asked Vanessa whether she'd be willing to compromise anything on her checklist if the result would be settling down with a man and starting a family soon.
"There are certain things I know I'm not willing to give up, like motherhood, of course," the former Montreal special education teacher said in reply.
"I'm agreeing to compromise on certain things, but I think the older you get, the more you know yourself and the more you know what you're okay to walk away from."
Vanessa refuses to divulge any additional information about her new boyfriend other than he's not related to The Bachelor-world and does not work or have anything to do with the entertainment industry.
"I don't know where this is going to lead, but I do know I appreciate all his qualities. I feel like I'm a much better person when I'm with him," Vanessa said last month on Dean's podcast.
"I'm just very lighthearted, and I'm focused on the right things and I'm not distracted by the fake world that we are a part of."