About The Love Story

The Love Story Media, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3  grounded upon 1 Corinthians 13, verse 12, that fuses journaling, journalism, and the hero’s journey, designed to break our hearts open so that we may serve as mirrors for the spiritual awakening of our brethren. 

The Love Story uses the arts to inspire the broken-hearted to transform our pain into creative expression. Using a proprietary multimedia platform that fuses digital and print, we’ve created a new way of journaling, designed to transform our pain into emerging artistry.

We are in the process of designing a new type of journalism program that integrates journaling with the hero’s journey.


Our Mission

The Love Story Media’s mission is to inspire people dealing with adversities to choose creative expression as a means to transform our pain. 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.

We believe that social isolation stems from depression, and depression is derived from suppressed expression.

We believe that three factors play into the perspective of someone who feels isolated and in pain:

  • “Nobody Understands”
  • “There’s something wrong with me”
  • “What’s the point of ____(pain, living, working, loving, etc.)?”

The Love Story is shifting the perception of pain:

  • Pain is an opportunity to break our hearts open, to become teachable, our hubris stripped into humility.
  • Pain is an opportunity to transform by taking on the call to adventure.
  • Pain is an opportunity to go inward so we self-realize our hero’s pursuit.


Our Program:

Community, Connection, and Catharsis.

The Love Story Media’s mission is to inspire people dealing with adversities to choose creative expression as a means to transform their pain. Our organization’s mission is 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 Purpose

The Love Story stands to arc the hero’s character through the principles and mastery of love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13, verse 4-7 (1 Corinthians 13 in the Holy Bible KJV).

There are two paths for the brokenhearted–self-destruction or self-expression. The choice has always been ours. We are all artists at heart. In the act of creating art to express our grief, we are able to transform self-destruction into self-expression.

Our mission is to inspire, educate, and transform those who are dealing with heartache to choose creative expression when dealing with personal adversities.

Explore and discover your inner artist.


What We Do:

The Three Act Love Story Program

We are building a program that arc the hero’s character from the absence of love to the presence of love while providing them with a clear awareness of the path of love and the absence of it so that we have the power to choose the path.

The Three Act Love Story offers us to see ourselves as the hero in our own hero’s journey while we are journaling. We will be prompted throughout the program to discover our narrative through artist-inspired journaling, continue the narrative by connecting with kindred strangers through adventure journaling and our associate producer’s program, and return with the elixir through showcase journaling.


Act I: Discover Your Narrative

The Hero’s Ordinary World

Leveraging, “For now we see, as in a mirror,” 

we are able to hear the raw, intimate, and authentic shares of artists who have transformed pain into creative expression.


Act II: Call to Adventure

From the Hero’s Call to Adventure to Seizing the Sword

Leveraging, “then we shall see face to face,”

our clients will be adventure journaling (writing in the third person, fiction, Based on True Story) and interviewing artists through our Associate Producer’s program.


Act III: Break Open

From Hero’s Return Home and Return to Return with Elixir

Leveraging, “Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known,”

we show our clients how to produce their own showcases, conduct intimate journaling circles, and take the journaling program to underserved communities.

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

The problem




You may be lost, be you are not alone

We, too, have loved and lost. We interview people who have transformed their pain into passion so you may discover the value of your process. Though the path must be walked alone, it does not have to be lonely.  At some point in our lives, we will all have walked it. The Love Story exists to show you that the way of the broken hearted can be traversed both alone and together at the same time. Get lost so you may discover who you are again.

Nothing is Wrong with You

We view emotions like depression, anxiety, despair, etc. as tempering the sword of our spirit for personal and spiritual growth—a catalyst for personal transformation. Our pain is an opportunity to discover compassion, beauty, empathy, and more. We provide Artist-Inspired Journaling resources so you may explore and discover your inner artist. You are perfect in your process, even when that process at times seems unbearable and pointless.

Break your Heart Open

There is a point to heartbreak, though you may not see it while breaking. We encourage you to keep breaking your heart until it opens so you may find the courage to express yourself. We provide interactive artist-inspired journaling resources to hold space for your pain, encouraging you to make time to reflect and create, while inspiring you to give yourself permission to process your grief, pain, and loss into a creative expression.


Transform your journey into The Love Story.




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 pain into creative expression.

Mingjie “MJ” Zhai, a former educator, a social entrepreneur, and a 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 –> MJ’s Journal

More About –> MJ’s Pain to Passion Manifesto

On February 2016, The Love Story Project became an official 501(c)3 California non-profit corporation. We are now fusing digital and print together with the help of our partners, Live Portrait, to create a new way of journaling designed to inspire the broken hearted. To date, we have interviewed over 40 artists and we have over 200 contributors involved, including associate producers, interviewers, filmmakers, editors, photographers, illustrators, and advisors propelling this movement forward. For more information about joining, go to→ The Love Story Creatives