She practiced being a New Yorker on The Bachelorette, and now it looks like Tayshia Adams will soon get to test out her skills in real life.
"She has a one-way ticket to New York," Zac Clark, who got engaged to Adams on the show's finale on Tuesday, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "We're going to get comfortable. And I'm going to date the heck out of her!"
And after a whirlwind season, Adams says she's more than ready for real life with addiction recovery specialist Clark, whom she lovingly calls "a mush," to begin. "We have so many similarities regarding our goals in life," says the reality star, who is from Orange County, California. "I've never been in a relationship like this before. Our communication is phenomenal and I feel really safe with Zac. It just feels so right. And I can't wait to experience life with him by my side."
The couple may even see their career paths cross down the line.
"Zac has such a big heart and his line of work is just helping people," says Adams, a former phlebotomist. "That's why I got into the medical field, because I truly do enjoy helping people. If I could help in any part with [the recovery center Clark co-founded, Release Recovery], that's a good partner to have by your side, working together to help others."
As for a future wedding, "we're not rushing," says Adams. "But it's an amazing sense of security to know that I'm not going anywhere, and he's not going anywhere."
- For more on the happy couple, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Monday
Still, talk of family is on the table.
"She wants 17 children," jokes Clark, who says he's "always wanted" to be a father. Adds Adams with a laugh: "I would love to have five children. And Zac isn't shying away from that!"
Ultimately, Adams is grateful for the immense joy she's found in an unpredictable year.
"It's been a really hard year for everyone, including myself," she says. "But I'm so happy that I ended it with so much love."
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