Woman Travels with Life-Size Cutout of Her Late Father to the Places He Never Saw

06/15/2014 at 05:05 PM EDT

Jinna Yang of Grease & Glamour Travels with Cutout of Father
Jinna Yang and her father
Courtesy Jinna Yang
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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