Traditional Family Values are Possible in a 21st Century Society

by liz onufer
photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Blind dates, without the aid of online services, may seem like an anomaly in our 21st century society, but the Torykian family is evidence of this once popular tradition. Both Eric and Juliet were living in San Diego when a mutual friend set the pair up. The dating strategy was successful. Eric and Juliet married, and in 2008, the couple chose 92130 as their home for its proximity to the beach, family and work.

ZG-4115Professionally, Eric is the managing director of Sustainable Technologies Group, an energy efficiency consulting firm and Juliet is a marketing consultant for her business JETMARK. Juliet also serves as a stay at home mom of the couple’s two young children – John Eric, age two, and Elle Juliet, age one.

The active family enjoys sports both on and off the field. Juliet was a professional cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers for five seasons and Eric played collegiate football and lacrosse. These days, the fit couple makes time for surfing and exercising with the family, while Juliet sneaks a little time for herself at barre class.

Today, the smallest family members, John and Elle, define the weekend plans. They have found no shortage of activities in the 92130 community for the family. “We go to the gym and dance classes at the Carmel Valley Community Center and are at the Carmel Valley Library often,” said Juliet of the active family’s schedule. “We love to go to ‘Choo Choo Park’ – John’s name for the Tot Lot at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. It’s a family ritual to all go together before sunset,” shared Juliet.ZG-3972

In the community, the Torykians play important roles in the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF) and Distinguished Young Women of San Diego. Eric serves as the vice president of MCLEF, the national foundation that raises funds for children of fallen military and law enforcement personnel. Juliet is the president of the board for Distinguished Young Women of San Diego, a national scholarship program for young women. “We are dedicated to philanthropy and teaching our children to give back, even in tough times,” acknowledged Juliet. For the Torykian family, living in 92130 means they can fit it all in.