Courtesy Jinna Yang
Alex Heigl
June 15, 2014 05:05 PM

Jinna Yang’s father passed away almost two years ago. Working her corporate job in New York left her with little time or energy to cope with his death – and it took a drastic toll on her.

“I had reached the point where I lost the will to live,” she writes in her blog, Grease & Glamour.

“I gave up on my dreams,” she continues. “I shut myself off from my loved ones and close friends. I developed alopecia and lost my hair at an alarming rate, where on bald spot the size of a dime turned into six half-dollar-sized ones all over my head within three weeks.”

Yang’s next move was to buy a one-way ticket to Iceland. She sold “80 percent of [her] disgustingly huge closet for extra cash,” quit her job, declined to renew the lease on her apartment, and began to travel the world with a cardboard cutout of her dad, who died at 51 from cancer. Yang’s father, she wrote, “Sacrificed his entire life for others – his parents, his children, his wife, his family and his friends.”

“To share his story, and to help bring peace to my stepmother, my 22-year-old brother, my 9-year-old sister, and myself, I took him with me all over Europe to be photographed together in front of some of the world s most iconic destinations.” Here are some of her Instagram posts:

“I hope my story will inspire you to take a chance, and to never give up hope,” Yang writes. “For years I chased success and sacrificed happiness, but success lives where happiness lies. Don t chase success, chase happiness and success will come. Happy Father s Day to you all.”

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