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.
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.
Our Annual Report
Our Five Program Services
- Program services are public benefit services, in other words community services that benefit the public.
- Program services are co-created by volunteers, interns, and philanthropists.
- Program services are either heavily subsidized or they are provided as a free service.
- We rely on volunteers, interns, in-kind donations, foundations, private donors, and business donors to run various Program Services.
“Expressive writing is a revolutionary act. It can be done anywhere, takes less time than a cup of coffee, it’s free, and, best of all, scientifically proven to improve how we process issues that compromise one’s quality of life.”
—Dr. James Pennebaker
- Journal by Pain—begin making the unconscious conscious by illuminating the shadow. Directions & Resources are provided.
- Journal by Passion—become inspired through Artist testimonies and begin journaling. Directions & Resources are provided.
- Journal Together—peer-to-peer facilitated journaling groups. Intimate, safe, and structured online and offline journaling sessions.
- Journal to Purpose—Begin Act One of the seven acts inside The Love Story Playbook. It is designed to arc our story from a tragedy into a divine comedy in seven acts, told in fiction, based on a true story. We believe telling our story is to transform our story. In the process of telling our stories as both an art and craft, we will discover the duality of our desire, design, and destiny, and be inspired and disciplined in choosing the path of our true desire, design, and destiny.
- Journal to Publish—Hardcopy notebooks of Journal by Pain, Journal by Passion, and Journal to Purpose books written by Journal-Artist Authors. Our intention is to provide free or subsidized resources to underserved, underfunded, and under-resourced communities.
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.
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 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.
A man who is unconscious of himself acts in a blind, instinctive way and is in addition fooled by all the illusions that arise when he sees everything that he is not conscious of in himself coming to meet him from outside as projections upon his neighbor.
“The Philosophical Tree” (1945). In CW 13: Alchemical Studies. P.335
Act One is Acting in Faith and is the beginning of Shadow Integration.
Based on Dr. Carl Jung’s work on Shadow Integration, The Producer’s Playbook is designed to:
1. Activate our subconscious to begin expressing the things we have suppressed.
2. Discern the inner narratives of shadow and spirit within us.
3. Become inspired and disciplined in the work of taking action on the inner narratives of our spirit and standing in non-action on the inner narratives of our shadow.
What You Can Do For The Love Story
As a Journal-Artist Host, you will facilitate peer-to-peer expressive writing groups. We will train you on the way of humility: holding space, being of service, and being with people from a place of authenticity through non-judgement listening.
What The Love Story Can Do For You
- Help you Discover an Authentic Community of Journal-Artist Writers.
- Help you Discover a Sense of Belonging.
- Help you Uncover a Mission-Driven Lifestyle where giving back also gives back to you.
- Help you Relate and Connect Better with People.
- Help you Improve Communication Skills.
- Help you Build Confidence.
Want the Science behind it?
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, a former educator and suicide attempt survivor, discovered how to transform her heartbreak into creative expression by interviewing people about theirs. While learning how to build a public benefit business lean, MJ 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.