Yep, it's that time in your life. The past couple summers your calendar has been booked solid with weddings. Now a year or two later, the baby announcements are rolling through Facebook. You are faced with a whole new social affair: The Baby Shower, and you're not quite sure how to prepare for it.
Do you feel energized and full of good ideas after being with your friends? If a friend doesn't support your identity, then the two of you aren't connecting in an authentic way. She might be deflating your confidence as a result and leaving you feeling unsettled rather than recharged.
There is an unspoken code amongst friends -- one that is based on a set of shared values. Throughout the years of meeting different types of people, I've had friends come and go. The ones that are no longer in my life is usually the result of a misalignment of values.