Transform Tragedy into a Divine Comedy

About The Love Story

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 therapeutic journaling.

We inspire the broken hearted to transform pain into passion through educational workshops, publishing and interactive showcases.

We provide Journaling Services in Four ways:

  • DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Journaling through our free journaling portal at Directions & Resources are provided.
  • Journal Together—Our Mirror Darkly Journaling Sessions are structured group journaling sessions facilitated by a trained professional Journal-artist host via Zoom.
  • Journal alongside Artist Performances—The Love Story Showcases are an opportunity for people to journal together inspired by Live Artist Performances, with an opportunity to share one’s journal entry through spoken word/open mic candlelight.
  • Journal to Pursue Purpose—Our Producer’s Playbook Program is designed to transform our pain into a three-act tragedy, told in fiction, based on a true story. We believe to tell our story is to transform our story. In the process of journaling as an art and craft discipline, we will discover the duality of our desire, design, and destiny, and be inspired to choose the path of our true desire, design, and destiny.
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.

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 are a collective of Journal-Artists who fuse the discipline of journaling with the craft of a journalist for the literary fictionalization of our personal journey.

Our Mission

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

Our mission is to shift the narrative in our 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 discover who I truly am”

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

Our Programs

The Love Story is the journey of transforming our personal tragedy into a divine comedy and telling our story inside fiction as a Love Story. We are in the process of producing three main journaling programs:

The Producer’s Playbook: Transforming our pain into a Three-Act Tragedy.

The Love Story Playbook: Transforming our Tragedy into a Divine Comedy.

The Journal-Artist Playbook: Integrating tragedy and divine comedy to tell The Love Story in the form of a historical novel. 

All three programs are rooted in 1 Corinthians 13, verse 4-7 (1 Corinthians 13 in the Holy Bible KJV). We leverage the Mystery of Love revealed in 1 Corinthians 13:12 to help us discern the duality of our desires, design, and destiny. 

At the heart of our journaling programs, we integrate Taoism, Abrahamic Covenant principles, Old Testament, New Testament, Quran, Gnosticism, Jung and Freud psychology.

At the root of our programs, the focus is 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 transform our life tragedy into The Love Story.

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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, 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.

More About –> Mingjie

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.