Why We Exist

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults ages 25-34 and depression is the leading cause of suicide. Depression is a major symptom of heartbreak.

About The Love Story

The Love Story provides expressive writing programs to people dealing with heartbreak, grief, and trauma through workshops, mentorship, educational resources, publishing and interactive productions.

We exist to shift the perception of pain—not as something to be dismissed, ashamed, or avoided, but as an opportunity to grow spiritually, emotionally, and developmentally. Pain can be transformed into meaning and purpose through expressive writing and storytelling.

Our Purpose

According to the World Health Organization, Depression is the number one disability worldwide. That said, our non-profit serves an international audience, bringing people together, providing a space that allows us to experience connection, community, and catharsis in the process of processing our pain into purpose through creative journaling. 

We believe that social isolation comes from depression, and depression comes from suppressed expression.

Our mission is to shift the narrative in our mental scripts from:

“Nobody Understands Me,”  into  “I Am Not Alone.” 

“There’s something wrong with me,” into “Pain is a catalyst for self-realization.” 

“What’s the point of ____(pain, living, working, loving, etc.)?” into “The point is to ___________.”

Through creative expression, we are able to create a love story through our adversities.

For the Public, By the Public
  • Our Programs are public benefit services, in other words community services that benefit the public.
  • Our Programs are co-created by volunteers, interns, and philanthropists.
  • Our Programs are either heavily subsidized or they are provided as a free service.
  • Our Programs rely on volunteers, interns, in-kind donations, foundations, private donors, and business donors to run basic operations and scale social impact.
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Our Mission

The Love Story inspires people dealing with heartbreak, grief, and/or trauma to transform pain into creative expression as artists and to transform tragedy into a divine comedy in seven acts as journal-artists. 

The Love Story’s flagship program, The Love Story Playbook, is a faith-based expressive writing program that fuses the habit of journaling, with the craft of journalism, for the narrative fictionalization and storytelling of the personal journey.  

Grounded upon 1 Corinthians 13, the writing program is designed to arc the character of the Journal-Artist so that the tragedy of the Journal-Artist may transform into a divine comedy. This entire process is called The Love Story.

The organization is designed to inspire the broken-hearted to transform pain into passion, self-destruction into self-expression, and our love loss into the love story. We exist to shift the perception of what pain is–not as something to be ashamed, dismissed, or avoided, but as an opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually, and creatively.

Our Vision

Loss is an inevitable part of life. However, the pain that arises from tragedy may fuel destruction or construction. The choice is yours. 

The Love Story inspires the broken-hearted to choose The Way to transform our pain into purpose. The Way is Love defined in 1 Corinthians 13—by practicing and mastering the discipline of patience, kindness, nots, and always, we believe that one can actually transform one’s tragedy into a divine comedy, that purpose can be revealed by pursuing the Way, and a New Center can be reached when the silver linings in our suffering is focused on, acted upon, and manifested through Grace. 

We leverage the Mystery of Love revealed in 1 Corinthians 13:12 to help us discern the duality of our desires, design, and destiny and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 to help us arc our character in order that we arc our stories.

At the heart of our programs, we leverage the New Testament as a keystone perspective that ties Taoism, Jung psychology, and storytelling principles together. At the root of our programs, we focus on character building through hope, faith, and love and the greatest of these is love defined in 1 Corinthians 13.

We welcome all nationalities, cultures, and creeds on the mission to inspire the broken hearted to pursue The Love Story.

The Seven Acts

The Prequel: Identify one’s shadow integration archetype and begin illuminating the shadow through a mirror darkly.

The Producer’s Playbook: Transforming tragedy by revealing it. 

  • Act One: Faith in the face of Fear.
  • Act Two: Compassion in the face of Apathy.
  • Act Three: Grace in the face of Judgement.

The Love Story Playbook: Arcing the story by arcing our character. 

  • Act Four: Acting in Patience through Present Perfect Presence.
  • Act Five: Acting in Kindness through Consideration, Care, and Consistency.
  • Act Six: Acting in the Nots when the Shadows trigger and tempt.

The Journal-Artist Playbook: Remapping journal entries into scenes that make up a historical novel, told in fiction, based on a true story.

Act Seven: Love Always Bears, Believes, Endures, and Hopes.

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Benefits of Expressive Writing

  • Become self-aware.
  • Come to a sound mind and clear thoughts.
  • Create a legacy through memory capsules.
  • Boost emotional intelligence.
  • Validate your experience.
  • Affirm what you have gone through.
  • Strengthen self-discipline through the habit of journaling.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Grow with strength, confidence, and assertiveness.
  • Spark creativity.
  • Increase self confidence.
  • Compatible with CBT, CFT, MBCBT, ACT, and DBT
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Benefits of Shadow Work

  • Shadow Work empowers choice.
  • Uncover the hidden feelings you’ve suppressed.
  • Validate your experiences.
  • Stop the ghosts of your past from haunting when they are finally heard.
  • Lower the frequency and intensity of downward spirals.
  • Connect with other kindred Journal-Artists.
  • Allow your experience to be respected, validated, and transformed.
  • Help others while you are being helped by others.
  • Discern truth from life-lies through the power of resonate-editing.
  • Activate your subconscious.
  • Return the power of truth back into your conscious mind.
  • Allow the subconscious to speak to you in expressive writing.
  • Increase self-respect, self-confidence, and self-esteem through the discipline of validating your feelings, your pain, your experiences while helping others validate theirs.
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“It’s helped me understand my own emotions better and it provides a sense of validation and legitimacy to my work and feelings.”

Bry LeBerthon
Student at NYU

“It has helped make a positive change in my life by helping me heal through pain that I wasn’t facing by myself.”

Chelsea Wolfe
Editor, Full Time Worker, and Full Time Mom

“I’ve regained my love of writing and gained a journaling community that encourages me to write and supports my efforts. I’ve become a better writer simply by virtue of practice and through the prompts and ideas that The Love Story program has offered me.”

Rebecca Whitney
Librarian, Editor, and Student

“In the most positive way. It has allowed me to express myself freely and not be ashamed of it.”

Viviany Alicea
Graduate Student

“I’m the type of person to bottle up emotions. I’m not good at communicating, so journaling is my opportunity to let out negative or pent up emotions and release them so that I can move on.”

Kali Paszkiewicz
Author, Full Time Worker, and Graduate Student

“It has affected me deeply. Not only has my writing techniques improved, but I also write more confidently. I feel that I have grown into myself and my writing has matured.”

Sarah Smith
Full time Graduate Student & Editor

“I’ve learned to be more open and less judgemental of my own writing. How to write for myself without pleasing others.”

Katie Andrews
Author, Editor, and Veterinarian Associate

“It has toned my inner voice, defined my sense of purpose, and it’s fun.

Tamara Luckett
Mother, Author, and Entrepreneur

“I want to go back and explore. Why did it happen when it happened. …Women often suppress their emotions…we think, ‘if I just swallowed that back, it’ll go away,’ and it’s like ‘Nope! Still here.’ and so I think I’m starting to really figure, I can’t swallow that back. I need to let things out.”

Dorothy England
Full Time Worker, Author, and Entrepreneur
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About Us:

Founded in 2015, The Love Story Media, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 multimedia publisher and educational platform, inspiring the broken hearted to transform our tragedy into divine comedy and this entire journey is called, “The Love Story.”

On February 2016, The Love Story Project became an official 501(c)3 California non-profit corporation. For more information about us→ The Love Story

About the Founder:


Mingjie “MJ” Zhai discovered how to transform her heartbreak into creative expression by interviewing people about theirs. While learning how to build a public benefit business lean, Mingjie made it her life’s mission to encourage, inspire and empower others to turn pain into a creative force for social good.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13


Power of 13


“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all that I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13, NIV, Apostle Paul’s Love Letter to the people of Corinth.