updated 10/03/2012 AT 11:45 AM ET
•originally published 10/03/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
This year has been one of major change for Jennie Garth – and not all of it was easy.
In PEOPLE’s new cover story, a candid Garth says, “ has been a bit of a rebirth for me as a person by shedding that negative space and all the pain associated with that time.”
In addition to moving on with her life as a mom to the three daughters she has with Facinelli, Garth began to focus once again on her career, including the popular Old Navy television commercial that reunited her with former 90210 costars Luke Perry and Jason Priestley.