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If you desire an exquisite lifestyle with the ultimate in luxury and convenience, look no furhter than Integra Meadows. Throughout every part of our community, you will marvel at the unsurpassed attention to detail and quality. Now it's your chance to enjoy the fruits of our labor and discover the many pleasures of life at Integra Meadows.

Centrally located in the growing town of Davenport, Florida, Integra Meadows is just a short drive to the excitement of Kissimmee and the action of Orlando. We are only minutes away from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and all major attractions! Situated just off I-4, Integra Meadows is also convenient to the Tampa Bay area, Lakeland and Four Corners - putting you at the center of it all.

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Creating a Work-Life Balance

If achieving a “work-life balance” were easy, there wouldn’t be so many articles and advice books on the subject. But what does it mean to achieve a “balanced life?” When you are able to maintain balance, you don’t feel as if your life is overwhelmed by any one task. You’re not spending so much time working that you don’t know what your non-work self is like, and you’re not constantly stressed by an unmanageable to-do list. You feel that you are actually living, rather than just rushing through the days.

Here are some suggestions on how to bring your life more into balance.

Prioritize sleep, exercise, and eating - When many responsibilities all call for our attention, it becomes easy for us to allow some of our most basic and healthful needs to be downplayed. Proper sleep and exercise help ensure our bodies are operating at full capacity, and they leave us feeling more relaxed as we live out each day. Pay attention to your body’s needs and rhythms, and honor them as best you can. Prioritizing eating and the food you choose does not necessarily mean that you have to spend more money on food, or even force yourself to eat more healthily. It does mean being mindful of what and when you are eating. If you know you spend four out of five work lunches wolfing down something at your desk, allow yourself the freedom of a planned lunch out. And if you’re going to eat ten Oreos in a row one afternoon, make sure you enjoy them.

Identify and rethink your coping behaviors - If you’re very stressed, chances are you’re using something — maybe shopping, alcohol, or those Oreos — to help you feel better. While coping mechanisms are understandable human traits, you may want to think about alternative healthy activities that would allow you to relax without potentially draining your budget or leaving you feeling poorly. Maintaining balance in your life means being aware of the things that stress you and attempting to change them or cope with them before you feel compelled to resort to behavior that will be counterproductive to your well-being. Instead of spending money, for instance, focus on another activity you enjoy. Instead of drinking or eating more than you will enjoy in order to relieve your stress, take the time to figure out why you would want to do those things in the first place.

Schedule time for quiet - Whether it’s prayer, meditation, yoga, writing in a journal, or just sitting and paying attention to your breath, having a few protected minutes of quiet in your day can be healing and revitalizing. Invest this time in a restful activity — watching TV, checking Facebook, or playing video games may not work as well for helping you feel more balanced.

Figure out what you can let go of - If you are simply trying to cram too much into 24 hours, you may need to cut some activities out of your packed schedule. It may not be obvious at first what you need to drop. Some experts recommend tracking your time; others, tracking your moods. Has one of your friends turned into an emotional vampire? Is that side project that once seemed so exciting now exhausting? Is your Saturday night out leaving you feeling bleak on Sunday? An honest appraisal of the events and relationships in your life may help you prioritize and potentially change some of them for the better.

Assess the “work” part of the work-life balance - Keep in mind that taking steps like these to improve your work-life balance may not go far enough to mitigate the negative effects of a job that is simply not suited to your personality, no matter how much that job pays. If you can’t leave a job that you find awful immediately, then make yourself a promise that at a definite date in the future — three months, six months, a year from now — you will re-evaluate your options. Write down your escape plan, as if you were formalizing a contract with yourself. If you find you have trouble clearly evaluating all the pieces of your life, you might want to consult a therapist, spiritual leader, or trusted friend to help you talk it all out.

Whether you “live to work” or “work to live,” you can always strive to streamline your life and make all its pieces work together more smoothly. Balance is an important goal for being happy with the things you have to do, as well as the things you want to do — and may help you deal with the difference between the two.


Please help us in welcoming Christina Haskin to Integra Meadows as our new Assistant Community Director. We are thrilled to have Christina and want to WELCOME her aboard! Lindsay moved out of state and we will miss her dearly and we wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors!


RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority'. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for our country and home in record breaking numbers. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday - and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED.

Are you relocating???

Even though we would be very sad to see you leave our community, there are other options for you if you are relocating outside of the Davenport area. Contravest Management manages apartment communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina! Visit their website at http://www.rentcontravest.com/ for more information and locations!

St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts

~ St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

~ In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

~ St. Patrick was born in 385 AD, somewhere along the west coast of Britain, possibly in the Welsh town of Banwen. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.

~ 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.

~ Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.

~ The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.”

~ The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.

~ The name “lephrechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”
~ According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14!

~ One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.

~ Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.


Have you been wondering where to store all of your holiday decor, that bicycle and all of your tools? Right now our storage units are on special for only $15/month, so take advantage of this great deal and reserve yours today!

Safety Issues...

We would like to remind all residents that, as per your lease agreement and due to insurance restrictions and fire safety codes, the only items allowed in your balconies are patio furniture and plants. Plants must be placed inside your balconies – window boxed need to be placed on the inside as well! Bicycles, grills and any kind of storage must be placed inside your apartment or in a storage unit. Grills of any kind are not allowed at all and bicycles cannot be left on breezeways at any time. Just a friendly reminder! =)


Dear Residents,

Our Maintenance Team will be going inside each apartment to service your HVAC unit and to ensure that it is in proper working condition to remain energy efficient. The dates are as follow:

- Buildings 1 - 3: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
- Buildings 4 - 6: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
- Buildings 7 - 9: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
- Carriage Homes 1 - 8: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Due to the large number of apartments homes, individual appointments cannot be made. Please contact us at the leasing office if you have any questions!